Marywood University
Continuing Education
Scranton, PA 18509

http://www.marywood.edu/disted

Distance Learning Program
Marywood University's Off Campus Degree Program, founded in 1975, is a challenging system of education designed to meet the needs of industrious adults. The flexible format of directed independent study allows for learning at a pace consistent with professional and personal responsibilities and goals. Last year, eighty-two courses were offered through distance learning, with an enrollment of more than 150 students.

Courses are delivered via print or online. Student and faculty communication links are by e-mail, a toll-free phone number, and fax.

Distance learners have access to library services, the campus computer network, e-mail services, academic advising, career placement assistance, and bookstore at a distance.

All courses are developed and mentored by Marywood University faculty. All faculty members have advanced degrees; 57 percent are full-time and 43 percent are part-time.

Programs of Study
A candidate for a baccalaureate degree must present a minimum of 126 credits of college work that fulfill all general and departmental requirements; 60 of these credits must be earned at Marywood. Ordinarily, at least one half of the credits required for a major must be earned at Marywood University.

To fulfill graduation requirements, each degree-seeking student in the Off Campus Degree Program must complete a total of 12 credits in residency, including two courses in liberal arts and two courses in business.

Marywood University's Off Campus Degree Program offers the following baccalaureate degrees: Bachelor of Science in accounting (126 credits) and Bachelor of Science in business administration (126 credits), with concentrations in financial planning, management, and marketing.

A certificate is a formally organized sequence of courses that culminates in a certificate of achievement in a particular area of study. Credits earned toward the certificate may be applied to an undergraduate degree program. Marywood University's School of Continuing Education offers the following certificate programs: certificate in comprehensive business skills (48 credits), certificate in office administration (24 credits), and a certificate in professional communications (24 credits).

Many students enroll in Marywood's Off Campus Degree Program with the goal of becoming a Certified Public Accountant. Students interested in sitting for the CPA examination should contact their respective state's Board of Accountancy for eligibility requirements. Many students also enroll in business and liberal arts courses for personal and/or professional enrichment.

Academic credits may be accepted in direct transfer from colleges and universities that have been approved by regional accrediting commissions. Academic credit or waivers for other college-level learning can be awarded through standardized testing such as CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement. Some departments allow challenge exams and place-out exams. Students may be able to present a portfolio to show they have acquired college-level learning for particular courses.

Marywood subscribes to the standards for quality assurance set forth by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

Applying for Distance Education
The Undergraduate Admissions Committee establishes guidelines for admission to the undergraduate programs at Marywood University. All completed applications are reviewed under these guidelines, in compliance with the Marywood requirements of satisfactory academic preparation for college-level work.

Individuals who wish to apply for admission must submit a completed application form, the required application fee, high school transcripts, college transcripts, and a personal/professional essay. Students who completed a GED must forward a copy of their GED certificate, which should include the GED score. International students must submit results for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Costs
Tuition is $490 per credit. Additional costs include a text and materials fee ($85), a deferred payment fee ($30), a registration fee ($50 for 3 credits, $94 for 4 to 15 credits), and an application fee ($40).

Financial Aid
Marywood administers financial aid for degree-seeking students through grant and loan programs. Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need. Federal Pell Grants and Stafford Loans may apply. Endowed scholarships are used to provide support, on the basis of academic excellence, to qualified students enrolled in the Off Campus Degree Program. Ninety-six percent of Marywood students receive some type of financial aid.

For Additional Information
Off Campus Degree Program
Marywood University
2300 Adams Avenue
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509
800-836-6940 (toll-free)
Fax: 570-961-4751

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